12 AUGUST2019 scca.com
FROM THE PRESIDENT
TIME ATTACK, TIME TRIALS
AND TIMELY TEAMWORK!
PRESIDENT & CEO, SCCA INC.
Earlier this year, we launched the 2019 Tire Rack Time Trials National Tour presented by Hagerty, and
subsequent to this, we announced that SCCA would be
the official sanctioning body for Global Time Attack (GTA).
These are two significant undertakings that require a lot of
development, planning, and executional support – or, in short,
a lot of teamwork across SCCA Staff, Region Leadership,
some great partners and, of course, an enthusiastic pool
of volunteers and drivers. Given the focus of this month’s
issue of SportsCar and the recent opportunities I had to
support a joint GTA-SCCA event at Road Atlanta and the
Time Trials National Tour at Carolina Motorsports Park,
I’m thinking a brief check-in on these might be timely.
GLOBAL TIME ATTACK AND SCCA TRACK NIGHT IN AMERICA
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta was the site for the second
2019 GTA Super Lap Battle. The rain held off for most of
the event and the time attack action on track was definitely
intense. But the schedule at this event also provided a
unique opportunity for SCCA to team up with support
from the Atlanta Region to deliver a cars-and-coffee-esque
version of Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack. But
the teamwork did not end there. GTA competitors and Track
Night participants not only shared the same paddock across
the weekend, they also shared some great hospitality as
brats and frosty beverages were provided by Team SCCA as
part of the experience after track sessions were complete.
My takeaway from the weekend: There is a shared
mindset across many who run GTA and SCCA Time Trials.
Having watched the GTA leadership teamwork with SCCA’s
track team, we are “equally yoked” as partners and focused
on delivering one common outcome as a team: the best
experience possible for all who participate. Seeing these
two communities working, driving, and relaxing together,
there might be more opportunity to develop this partnership
further in the future. (By the way, all of the GTA drivers are
now SCCA members, as well as SCCA Time Trials license
holders. At the Road Atlanta event, SCCA’s very own Tom
O’Gorman placed second in the Unlimited Class right behind
James Houghton, who is featured on this month’s cover.)
TIRE RACK TIME TRIALS NATIONAL TOUR
PRESENTED BY HAGERT Y
Pivot to Carolina Motorsports Park, the venue for the
third stop on the 2019 SCCA Time Trials National
Tour, and the TimeAttack/TrackSprint experience
continued. Strong subscription, good weather, and a
great team committed to delivering an outstanding
experience all contributed to a very solid event.
One of the most exciting elements of the new Time
Trials National Tour program is its ability to attract a
diverse set of cars, drivers, and experience levels. More
on the “why” behind this in just a moment, but we had
everything from Acuras to ZL1s, and everything in between.
A few of the standouts for me: a Lotus 7, Porsche 914-
6 wide body, a Noble M400 and a 4,100-plus pound,
620hp Cadillac CTS-V. There were plenty of 100 percent
street cars (one still had dealer tags on it), many current
road racing rigs, and several GTA folks who we met and
invited from the Road Atlanta event described above.
In Time Trials parlance, the TimeAttack and TrackSprint
segments were executed well, with just a couple of off-track
or timing and scoring related issues, thus demonstrating
further the value of teamwork in fueling great SCCA events.
But after the racing was done is where this event really
shined. There is a vibe at Time Trials National Tour events
that is inviting, fairly laid back, and family friendly. Like
the hospitality delivered at the GTA event, the Time Trials
National Tour staff grilled up a great dinner Saturday night
and the majority of drivers, along with family, volunteers
(Atlanta Region, South Carolina Region, and North Carolina
Region co-hosted the CMP event), and staff teamed up to
enjoy some great social time. This is one of the key drivers of
attraction for this program and provides a great opportunity
to build existing relationships and create new ones.
Teamwork not only makes the dream work, it also
fuels all successful SCCA events and is a strength
of our organization. Thank you for being part of the
SCCA team and for supporting all of our efforts,
including the Tire Rack Time Trials National Tour.
See you on course or in the paddock soon!
“Teamwork makes the dream work” – JOHN C. MAXWELL